25th January 2023

Small Businesses celebrate Swindon Day.

In 2022 the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) launched Swindon Day on 22 January. This date date being when, in 1900, Queen Victoria signed the charter to join Old Swindon and New Swindon into one town.

Swindon Day has been a great opportunity to highlight, via social media, the amazing range of independent small businesses across the town.

Small Businesses celebrate Swindon Day - the event in Workshed
Small Businesses celebrate Swindon Day – the event in Workshed

Workshed

It pleased the FSB this year, to extend the effect of their social media activity on 22 January. This thanks to working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council’s business office and coworking space, The Workshed.

Workshed hosted a networking event for small businesses in the town on 24 January. This included a fun Swindon-based quiz hosted by the author of the Born Again Swindonian blog, and several Swindon books, Angela Atkinson.

Angela is also the volunteer Area lead for FSB in Swindon. Her quiz reminded attendees that:

1. Not only was the Hogwart’s express built in the GWR Works, but also that ..
2. …Swindon has played host to the cricketer WG Grace, Buffalo Bill and Guiseppe Garabaldi over the years!

To build on the Swindon theme it was great to be able to display the proposed new Swindon flag created by Torin Clements. He also kindly brought along a Swindon-badged cake. That helped fuel the brain cells of those answering questions in the quiz.

Small Businesses celebrate Swindon Day - the cake with the Swindon crest
The cake with the Swindon crest

The Right Honorable Sir Robert Buckland MP joined the event to kick off proceedings via Teams from Parliament.

Quiz prizes were kindly donated by Keeran and Vaani Vetriko from Neitiv and Robert Hobbs from Four Friends Drinks, who make lemon flavoured Napo.  Mirabelle Stobbs from The Workshed also donated a pen turned from the floor of the Carriageworks. And not forgetting the Swindon buildings biscuit cutters from SED Developments.

Small Businesses celebrate Swindon Day - Swindon buildings biscuit cutters from SED Developments
Swindon buildings biscuit cutters from SED Developments

The Federation of Small Businesses

As the largest trade association for small businesses in the UK FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services , support and a powerful voice in Government. But it also works locally to promote and support Swindon businesses.

Ruth Lambert, Development Manager with the FSB for Swindon and Wiltshire said: ‘Many small businesses are having a challenging time at the moment. So it was great to be able to offer an opportunity for people in the town to come together and celebrate all the good things Swindon has to offer. One of which is definitely the great range of small businesses working in and around the town.’

More about the FSB here: https://www.fsb.org.uk



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